Next Step of the Bag: The Flap

I’ve actually already finished the flap completely and have blocked the pieces. However, the camera is in the shop, so I can only show part of the progress I’ve made.

Back with flap attached

After cutting the front and back apart (by cutting through the steek), I picked up the flap stitches on the back half and then knitted the flap using intarsia, which is a different color knitting technique than the other parts of the bag required. You can see the difference from the wrong side of this piece.

The wrong side of the back/flap, showing the different knitting techniques used

The blue and purple part has the yarn running all the way across the stitches in the back, which is necessary, because the two colors in any one row are used constantly. This type of stranded color work  is also known as Fair Isle knitting. The pink and blue part has large areas of a single color, so a single strand of yarn is worked for a single motif (i.e., one strand of blue for each separate rose), which is intarsia. Both techniques require counting and careful yarn management, but I think it is worth the extra effort to have more color in the piece.

The next step, which I will post when I have a picture of it, uses duplicate stitch, which is actually embroidery rather than knitting.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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